Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, which suggests a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. Because northern states like New Hampshire experience less sunlight, this can result in a vitamin D deficiency.

Earlier studies have also shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a variety of other autoimmune diseases as well. Although the true cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known and it’s relationship with vitamin D deficiency requires further research, the study certainly highlights the importance of vitamin D for good health.

Perhaps it’s time to get outside and soak up some summer sunshine before the New Hampshire clouds roll back in.

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